Optimusprime-originaltoyThe Dutch have always been at the forefront of logistics. (And yes, I am Dutch, bear with me… ) In the 16th and 17th century the Dutch sailed all over the world, discovered new land, and were master traders. There’s something about water and the Dutch. It’s a love and hate thing. On the one hand we have the largest ports in the World: Rotterdam Harbor (#11 on the list of biggest container ports).  On the other hand we have all this land, which we essentially took from the water. Without our system of dunes and dykes, Holland would look like the picture below. Our relationship with the seas is a special one. [click to continue…]

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piggybank150 The Dutch City of Delft is a beautiful city. And I am not saying that because I am Dutch, or because it is so close to Rotterdam, where I live myself. Just take a stroll through Delft using Google Streetview if you don’t believe me.

Delft has a historic center with canals and was founded in the Middle Ages, getting it’s charter as a city in the 13th century. There are many buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th century. Delft is famous for it’s blue ceramic. It currently has a population of around 100,000 and millions of visitors. [click to continue…]

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Technology and Logistics: Is your 3PL 2.0?

by Martijn Graat on January 20, 2015

truck3d“For years, logistics companies have faced commoditization. The industry is finally in a place where real innovation is being implemented, but more importantly demanded by the customers.” These are the words of eft CEO Chris Saynor, and they reflect what I saw and heard at the eft 3PL Summit I attended last year November in Amsterdam. Several speakers touched on both commoditization and innovation. [click to continue…]

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5 Drone Delivery Concepts Perfect for the Weekend

by Martijn Graat on January 15, 2015

lakemaid150Let’s face it. It’s just a matter of time before the first commercial drone deliveries will be done, fully approved and licensed. The question is just when and where. Which country will be first? I’m sure we will see that this year. There have been some serious and not so serious tests with delivering goods via drones. As the weekend is nearing, I’ve chosen the not so serious ones for this post. Please find 5 delivery concepts below that are perfect for the weekend.

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The Uberization of Logistics is Now

by Martijn Graat on January 8, 2015

uberlogoUber is moving into the logistics arena with the launch of UberCARGO in Hong Kong. The service works similar to UberPop. Something (optionally accompanied by someone) needs to be transported from point A to point B by somebody. Yes. It is the same as UberPOP, but with boxes. Crowdsourced Logistics in it’s purest form. Yet.

How does this work? You open the app and book a van to transport it, you drop a pin on a map where you need to go and indicate if someone will accompany the shipment, and if the driver needs to help lift it into the vehicle. As (un)loading something may take some time this Uber service not only takes into account distance traveled, but adds time as a factor. [click to continue…]

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Je Suis Charlie

by Martijn Graat on January 8, 2015

JeSuisCharlieYesterday two heavily armed terrorists walked into the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and opened fire. At least 12 people were killed, among who were 8 journalists. And why? Because they wanted to retaliate for satirical cartoons that have appeared in the magazine. I know that terrible things are happening all over the world and people are being killed for all the wrong reasons, but what happened in Paris yesterday was a direct attack on one of the most fundamental human rights: the freedom of speech.

I use mine when I write on this blog and it is for that reason that I felt compelled to write this. I’m shocked that people were murdered for what they had to say, through spoken word, written word, or drawings.

My thoughts are with everybody that was close to the people that died and were wounded.

Je Suis Charlie.

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Top 5 LogisticsMatter Blog Posts of 2014

by Martijn Graat on December 23, 2014

LM125It’s been another great year for LogisticsMatter. I’ve been invited to and visited several great events, presentations, and companies, and wished I didn’t have to say no to some (but thanks again for the invitation, Daniel…). Also met a lot of interesting new people, who gave me inspiration and ideas. I had fun, and intend to keep doing that in 2015, keeping you informed along the way on what I encounter.

Before I look back at the past year and give an overview of the most interesting posts on LogisticsMatter.com I would like to thank you, reader, for your continued support and the time you invest in us by reading what we have to share. [click to continue…]

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IMG_20141207_222747In 2011 I wrote a post called Christmas Time, Logistics Time in which I described the internal logistics of the holidays for me and my family. Not much has changed, and it still is a challenging time when it comes to shopping, planning, packing and driving. This year there is less driving and more grocery shopping, as my parents, my sister, my brother and his girlfriend are coming over to our place for dinner on the second day of Christmas. We each make our own course for the dinner, so the work is divided. Good thing I like cooking. [click to continue…]

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Holiday Logistics Snapshot – The 2014 Edition

by Martijn Graat on December 23, 2014

warehouse-santas150The Georgia Centre of Innovation for Logistics publishes their Logistics Market Snapshot each month, and each month I share the facts and figures they compile with you. As a special finale this year they have put together a special Logistics Market Snapshot with selected highlight concerning the Holiday Logistics. And some of these are absolutely staggering.

Just looking at the numbers that have appeared in the news about the two largest US parcel carriers UPS and FedEx, you can see what a huge challenge the holiday season is. And we have yet to see the end of it. The percentage of presents bought online and shipped to consumers will keep rising over the years to come. I have not yet seen a parcel carrier traffic jam in my street, but I wonder when the first time will be. Some facts that caught my eye on nytimes.com: [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – December Edition

by Martijn Graat on December 23, 2014

GEORGIA125I’m still in the middle of the craze that is year end. And want to post several more items before this year is over, so I will keep it short and get straight to the point:

Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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